Among the many strange happenings that occurred this weekend during the 2009 NFL Draft, was a curious selection by the San Diego Chargers. With the 13th pick in the fourth round the Bolts picked defensive tackle Vaughn Martin out of the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Yes, Canada.
While at UWO, Martin played Canadian football (naturally). Therefore, both teams had 12 players at all times, the field was 110 yards long and teams only have three downs, instead of four in which to get a first down.
So the NFL will be a bit of an adjustment, yeah?
Here are some fun facts about Vaughn Martin:
- Measures in at 6’3, 331 pounds.
- Born in Jamaica and raised in Toronto and London, Ontario.
- Worked out at Michigan’s pro day.
- Was drafted before anyone from Michigan.
- Ran a 4.96 40-yard dash.
- Threw up 44 bench reps.
- Can play as either a 5-technique defensive end, or a nose tackle.
- Has been compared to William “Refrigerator” Perry, as he also played as a short-yardage blocker and fullback. He’s also clearly in better shape than Perry.
- Was nicknamed “Vicious” by his teammates.
- He led Team Canada to a 10-0 victory over Team U.S.A. at NFL Global Junior Championship X, whatever the hell that is.
- Was scheduled to attend Michigan State after junior college but failed to enter because of transcript issues. Turned down offers to Toledo and Ohio to go to Michigan State.
So yeah, with the 113th overall pick, the Chargers drafted a ginormous Jamaican/Canadian guy who’s been playing Canadian football. Honestly, I’m stoked to see the guy play, sounds awesome.
For the record, Norv Turner is still the head coach in San Diego. Just thought I’d throw that out there.